The members of Residual Kid (due Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, at the Hi-Dive) from Austin, Texas are all under fifteen-years-old. Despite their youth, it is impossible to ignore their sheer power of the songs -- they're something more than you'd expect out of three guys who have yet to get ou ... More >>
SAT | RETOX at 7TH CIRCLE MUSIC COLLECTIVE | 11/2/13 Retox's Justin Pearson has been in a handful of the most respected punk and experimental bands for more than twenty years. He helped found hardcore band Struggle when he was fifteen. By 1994, that project was through, and Pearson was involved with ... More >>
Bad Weather California has reached its natural conclusion. Although the outfit still has a string of dates left to play, including a tour kickoff show is this Thursday, August 15, at the hi-dive, celebrating its brand new EP, Back Seats -- due out this week on Fire Talk -- Chris Adolf confirms that ... More >>
Somehow we missed getting this out to you yesterday. Our bad. Mark your calendar -- nay, clear your calendar -- on Tuesday, August 6. Sebadoh is coming to the Larimer Lounge, and whether you're new school or old school, you don't want to miss a chance to see Lou Barlow and company. Tickets for the s ... More >>
THE PHOTO ATLAS @ HI-DIVE | 2/8/13 The wide-ranging sounds of "Memory Like a Sinking Ship" was one of the high points of this set from the Photo Atlas. The way the band's usual wiry energy was threaded together with colorful, incandescent moody passages and hanging melodies around confessional, sel ... More >>
So the album that everybody's talking about this week (and for good reason) is mbv, the record that fans have been eagerly awaiting for at least two decades, since the release of Loveless, My Bloody Valentine's 1991 masterpiece. To give you an idea of just how eagerly awaited this follow-up was: As ... More >>
Gateway Acts is an ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, A.H. Goldstein reflects on his Frank Zappa fixation. Some of my earliest musical memories revol ... More >>
A Place to Bury Strangers makes the kind of guitar rock that doesn't just carry melody but is rather a palpable, elemental presence in the room. From early on, the act drew immediate comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, the Cure and Big Black, as critics searched for adequate an ... More >>
There's a whole new batch of shows to let you know about, some of which are going on sale this week, including a new date from Breathe Carolina, as well as a rescheduled date for Mouse On Mars at Summit Music Hall, plus 3 Doors Down and Daughtry, who are co-headling the 1STBANK Center in December, a ... More >>
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See Also: - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future, Atmosphere and XX lead this week's shows - Afghan Whigs, Amanda Palmer, Aimee Mann and Seether lead this week's shows - Mumford and Sons, Brother Ali, Henry Rollins and Melvins Lite lead this week's shows - Morrissey, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, Dinos ... More >>
See Also: - Afghan Whigs, Amanda Palmer, Aimee Mann and Seether lead this week's shows - Mumford and Sons, Brother Ali, Henry Rollins and Melvins Lite lead this week's shows - Morrissey, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, Dinosaur Jr., Jackson Browne lead new shows - Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Shinedown, Godsma ... More >>
See Also: - Mumford and Sons, Brother Ali, Henry Rollins and Melvins Lite lead this week's shows - Morrissey, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, Dinosaur Jr., Jackson Browne lead new shows - Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Shinedown, Godsmack, Steve Vai and Kimbra lead new shows Oh, man, what a fall we have to look ... More >>
Now that we're moving into the thick of summer concert season, the fall schedule is starting to take shape with new dates from Peaches, Kottonmouth Kings, Why?, Warrant, Cinderella and Skid Row on the books. Page down for the full rundown on this week's new show announcements, as well as local radio ... More >>
While things are slowing down a bit somewhat with summer concert announcements, the fall show season is beginning to shape up nicely with new shows from (updated) Mumford & Sons, a trio of dates with Brother Ali in October, as well as the Melvins Lite and Henry Rollins in September and an October da ... More >>
Baroness (due tomorrow night at the Ogden Theatre) is a band from Savannah, Georgia, known for making a true alloy of psychedelic metal, the precision of prog, and punk attitude. In that way, they're musical kin to bands like Kylesa and Mastodon. With the release of its debut full-length, 2007's Red ... More >>
Explosions in the Sky (due tonight at the Boulder Theater) is an instrumental rock band based out of Austin, Texas. For the last thirteen years, the quartet has been creating a kind of anthemic, instrumental guitar rock that sparkles with impressionistic melodies building to a cathartic apex, not un ... More >>
Can you guess which member of Team Backbeat bought this record?Do you remember the first album you bought with your own money? Of course you do! It's like the first person you kissed or the first one who broke your heart -- it's a monumental, life-changing moment in your life that's unforgett ... More >>
In 1984, Soundgarden (due at Red Rocks tonight with The Mars Volta) started out as a three piece with Chris Cornell on drums and vocals, Kim Thayil on guitar and Hiro Yamamoto on bass. Within a year, the trio recruited Scott Sundquist to play drums, so that Cornell could cultivate his skills ... More >>
Thursday, April 28, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Hi! How are you? The spirit of Daniel Johnston looms large in Austin Friday, March 18 Another one for the books... honestly, the worst part about today was that it had to end... After an ample five hours of sleep, the household hesitantly woke up, made coffee, and loaded the trailer in anti ... More >>
Somehow, this guy will pay you to eat at restaurants.Tight jeans and awesome hair have replaced the cargo shorts (and jorts) of Austin's 6th Street by now, as SXSW Interactive 2011 is in the books and SXSW Music gets rolling. The SXSW Trade Show -- which didn't open its doors until Monday, th ... More >>
Update: The answers are as follows. If you think you won, check your email right now. Thanks for playing, let's do it again sometime.
Sold out? Wait, what? Did I just read that right? Seriously? Sold out? What the ...? Those were my first thoughts when I woke up yesterday and fired up the old TweetDeck before jumping into the shower. My boy Ralphie, who we tapped to emcee the main stage for us yesterday, had tweeted something ... More >>
Apparently there was a bit of a fight between Tom Waits' Glitter & Doom Live and Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream last week at Twist & Shout, and fortunately, Waits, who turned sixty yesterday, was the victor. Blakroc, the Black Keys' new hip-hop project, came in third, while Them Crooked ... More >>
Better Than Ezra There have been a lot of bands in the history of the universe and most of them, at one point or another, have broken up. Surprisingly, we've found the majority of them have reformed despite themselves. Another surprise is the amount of bands still playing -- Better Than Ezra, Sev ... More >>
Wilco's latest effort, Wilco (the album), grabbed the top spot while Meese's Atlantic debut, Broadcast, nabbed the second slot at Twist & Shout for the week ending July 5. Three Michael Jackson albums were in the top ten and Regina Spektor's Far was knocked down to the seventh slot from number ... More >>
Johnny MotoAdam Franklin is well known for his role as the singer and guitarist in Swervedriver. His work in post-Swervedriver projects such as Toshack Highway, Magnetic Morning and his solo work, however, shows a remarkable breadth of musical imagination and a wealth of sonic ideas that reveal dime ... More >>
Mike Watt is most certainly a man whose thoughts cannot be expressed in a mere 500 or so words. Needless to say, this week's Rough Mixes entry only highlighted excerpts of our recent conversation with punk's elder statesman. While on tour supporting his newest punk rock opera "Hyphenated Man" and in ... More >>
Photo: Elliott Johnson Ween rocks Ft. Collins. Ween Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Hodi’s Half Note, Fort Collins Better than: Any rock show in Fort Collins in recent memory. There really is no precedent for last night's show in Fort Collins that feels worth mentioning – none that I’m aware of, an ... More >>
A shot in the dark.
You know, Radiohead, I was just about to go to sleep when I checked my email one last time. And lo and behold, the download code for your new CD, In Rainbows, popped up in my inbox. *sigh* I didn't need sleep anyway. Since the rest of the blogosphere is racing right now to review Rainbows, I figure ... More >>
Slide Shows Part 1 Part 2 There are several ways to approach a festival such as June 16's Westword Music Showcase. Wrist-banders can check out a handful of their favorites or several groups they haven't had a chance to catch yet and spend the rest of their time exploring the rewarding world of mass ... More >>
Readers sound off on the Westword Music Showcase.
Shut up, already, and listen to this lesson in concert etiquette.
With his hoop dreams quashed, Doug Martsch is back in the game.
Tintin packs an epic, spacious sound into a modest frame.
Norwegian retro-rockers Cato Salsa Experience heat up Scandinavia with a cool sound.
VHS or Beta inspires communal dance ecstasy and has a good beat. But don't call it disco.
Silver Scooter glides down a familiar path but sounds good doing it.
Sebadoh's Lou Barlow has found a way to put the pathos back into punk.
SEBADOH'S LOU BARLOW GOES BEYOND LO-FI.